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Designer Maria Cornejo chats about Michelle Obama and what city inspired her spring/summer collection

Designer Maria Cornejo chats about Michelle Obama and what city inspired her spring/summer collection

Maria Cornejo named her label Zero + Maria Cornejo because it was indicative of starting from scratch. The Chilean-born, British-trained, New York-based designer, whose fans include former First Lady Michelle Obama, Christy Turlington Burns and Tilda Swinton, was the mother of a 6-year-old and a newborn in 1998 when she set out to create clothes that would suit her new lifestyle, flatter her changing body and still be sophisticated and stylish. 

“Zero is an infinite shape that keeps going around,” she said. “We wanted to have no preconceived ideas.”

A couple of decades later, Cornejo has flagship...

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